There's a new player in town! Bubble Tea is slowly growing big and becoming more and more popular in the Netherlands and Belgium. With three successful stores, 8tea5 is introducing its Asian Bubble Tea to Europe and I feel the need to aid them by sharing this delicious new drink with all of you.
Bubble Tea was born in 1985 in Taiwan and was brought to Europe by 8tea5 owner Chi. This special drink consists of three parts. The base is jasmine tea, then either fruit tea or milk tea is added to the base and is topped off with tapioca balls. Bubble Tea can be served hot or cold, so it's a great drink no matter what season we're in. So, why is it called Bubble Tea? 8tea5 states that "in Chinese, these tapioca balls are referred to as pearls or boba", the latter sounding significantly close to bubble! Hence, Bubble Tea!
I saw an advertisement for Bubble Tea on the Meir (big shopping street) in Antwerp and it piqued my interest so I decided to go have a look. I walked towards the shop and was positively surprised by it, because it really stood out in a somewhat sober-looking street. This only added to my excitement.
As mentioned before you can add milk tea or fruit tea to the jasmine base and as you can see on the picture above there is a lot to choose from! I was a bit overwhelmed, this being a new experience and me nog knowing what would be good, but I chose pineapple from the fruit teas selection and I added strawberry tapioca balls to my bubble tea. I thought the color difference would look pretty. My friend chose coconut milk tea and added mango tapioca balls.
The shop is so colorful and the tapioca balls are so pleasant. You get a big straw with your drink so you can suck up the tapioca balls. The juice in the tapioca balls adds an interesting new layer to the jasmine tea and extra fruit/milk tea. My fruity Bubble Tea tasted soft and smooth and the tapioca added extra freshness. This really is something I have never experienced before so it's definitely worth a try!
Well, if this hasn't convinced you yet.. then perhaps some nice cakes might persuade you! Don't the rainbow cake and carrot cake look very appetizing to you? There's another kicker, you can actually buy or admire lomography photos, there's even a contest you can partake in.
For Belgian readers see the picture above for their information and for Dutch readers please click here for more information. There's a store in The Hague, Arnhem and Antwerp in case you're interested! Who has ever had Bubble Tea? What was it like for you? What did you pick? A good/bad experience? Definitely going back for seconds, thirds.. or perhaps not? Ok! Enough with the questions ^_^